Journalists hate corrections: They're embarrassing, they feed trolls, and they tend to make people think a writer is sloppy or bad at his job ... unless that writer is The New York Times's Michael Winerip, whose byline appears on an article in the paper that turned The Boss into Bruce Springstein. Here's the correction, which appeared at the bottom of Winerip's blog post reviewing Times critic Dwight Garner's review of a Springsteen biography:
While Winerip (we've contacted him regarding the error) is probably cringing, the Internet reaction over this mistake has been warm. You'll notice it caught the eye of The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg's—as well as the eyes of the 93 people who retweeted him:
And the people are clamoring for memes:
Another more explicit request:
this NYT correction has been floating around for hours and I've seen ZERO "Bruce Springstein" photoshops. what gives? bit.ly/TvQQ7h— Kevin Zieber (@ZieberKR) November 8, 2012
So who's going to step up and give us a solid (and not offensive) Bruce Springstein meme? After all, the
#BruceSpringsteinSongs hashtag can only sustain us for so long.
Born in the U.S.A. (But I Have Dual Loyalties) #BruceSpringsteinSongs— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) November 8, 2012